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6. Gilt Ganapati
Nepal
Early 19th century
Gilt brass
17.5 x 14 x 7.75 inches
Gilt Ganapati
Detail:Gilt Ganapati- reverse

A fantastic Nepalese Ganapati who in this example is crowned, four-armed, has a serpent around his neck (as in Purana texts), stands astride his two rat totems, and is surrounded by a flaming mandorla. His hands hold a mala, his broken tusk, an ax, and a fruit. Known as Dispeller of Obstacles, Ganesha-- or Ganapati-- is therefore one of the most popular deities in Hinduism, although he has Buddhist and Jain manifestations as well. Ganapati has a strong connection with the arts and sciences, and is also thought to purify anger. An inscription, possibly an invocation, is carved into his base.
Detail: Gilt Ganapati- close detail
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